Latin America

Latin America
Thursday, April 30th 2009 - 12:19 UTC

Chilean energy company confirms coal mining in Magallanes

Mr. Roberto Angelini

Roberto Angelini, president of the Chilean industrial Angelini conglomerate which owns petroleum distribution company COPEC, announced plans for COPEC's expansion in 2009, worth 678 million US dollars, despite the financial crisis

Thursday, April 30th 2009 - 12:08 UTC

Raul Castro still open to talks with US, but rejects idea of symbolic gesture

Cuban President Raul Castro

Cuban President Raul Castro said Wednesday his country does not need to make any symbolic “gestures” as it pursues better relations with the United States. Addressing the Non Aligned Movement meeting in Havana Castro said he is still willing to talk about all issues and that it was up to the US to make the next move.

Thursday, April 30th 2009 - 07:54 UTC

Cruise lines suspend calls at Mexican ports

At least three cruise lines have suspended stops as of this week at Mexican ports because of concerns over the country's swine-flu outbreak. The cancellation of ship visits followed a recommendation issued this week by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control that advised US citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Mexico.

Wednesday, April 29th 2009 - 12:20 UTC

Chile purchases 18 second hand F16 fighter planes from Holland

Chile purchased another batch of 18 refurbished F-16 fighter jets from Holland to strengthen and renovate the material and equipment of the country’s Air Force, informed Defence minister Francisco Vidal late Tuesday in Santiago. The operation involves 270 million US dollars.

Tuesday, April 28th 2009 - 14:10 UTC

Chavez recalls ambassador to Peru and escalates diplomatic dispute

Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde

Venezuela recalled its ambassador to protest Peru's decision to grant political asylum to a prominent opponent of President Hugo Chavez, calling it a mockery of international law and escalating a diplomatic dispute.

Tuesday, April 28th 2009 - 11:49 UTC

Swine flu two steps short from a full pandemic, warns WHO

Swine flu spreads through tiny particles in the air or by direct contact

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised its alert level over swine flu from three to four, two steps short of declaring a full pandemic. WHO Assistant Director General Dr Keiji Fukuda said it signalled a “significant step towards pandemic influenza”, but added “we are not there yet”.

Tuesday, April 28th 2009 - 11:03 UTC

Peru grants political asylum to Venezuela’s main opposition leader

Chavez opposition take root overseas

Peru confirmed Monday it had granted political asylum to Manuel Rosales, the mayor of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Rosales, a leading political opponent who lost the 2006 presidential race to Hugo Chavez, faces corruption charges in Venezuela.

Tuesday, April 28th 2009 - 10:54 UTC

US confirms follow up on thaw talks with Cuba

United States diplomats are holding talks with officials of Cuba's diplomatic mission in Washington on possible follow-up measures to steps President Barack Obama took earlier this month to ease restrictions on the island nation.

Tuesday, April 28th 2009 - 10:26 UTC

Bolivia and Paraguay seal peace and limits 74 years after the Chaco war

The three Presidents celebrate the event

Bolivia and Paraguay formally sealed Monday in Buenos Aires the end of an armed conflict dating back 74 years and which is considered the bloodiest of the last century in South America with over 100.000 killed.

Monday, April 27th 2009 - 14:29 UTC

Swine flu deaths in Mexico 103; US declares public health emergency

Mexican Public Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova

Mexican Public Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said on Sunday that the number of deaths from swine flu virus had increased to 103, with 1.614 suspect cases and 400 in hospitals. Meantime in neighbouring United States the Health and Human Services, HHS, issued a nationwide public health emergency declaration.

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